Saturday, April 2nd 2005
Vital for Health
For many years New Zealanders have been encouraged to eat more dietary fiber. Unfortunately fiber inhibits zinc absorption and New Zealand soils are deficient in zinc.
Zinc is essential for cell growth and immune function. It protects your body and promotes good health. But older style ordinary zinc supplements don't guard you as well as some of the newer forms of zinc. The newer forms are better absorbed, resist dietary fiber and won't cause anaemia - protecting you both inside and out!
A few years ago, a new form of zinc was released and patented. Zinc OptiSorb contains zinc monomethionine, a unique complex which acts as a protective shield that resists dietary fiber and increases zinc absorption. Studies show this form of zinc is absorbed better by the body, retained longer and is more effective than other zinc supplements tested. OptiZinc is approved safe for human consumption by the American Food and Drug Agency.
Do I need Zinc?
Yes, if you want to lead a healthy life. Zinc is found in every tissue and fluid in the body. More than 225 enzyme reactions have been identified in which zinc plays a vital role. The turnover of available zinc is rapid. This rapid turnover necessitates a constant intake of zinc for rapidly developing children and also adults combating disease or stress. In particular this also includes adolescents, pregnant women and seniors. A lack of zinc can compromise the immune system, retard growth, slow wound healing, impair sexual development and reproduction and can lead to dermatitis, hair loss, reduced sense of taste and decreased appetite.
How does my body lose zinc?
During the onset of stress, disease or inflammatory reactions, there is a significant drop in blood plasma zinc. The drop in plasma zinc occurs within a few hours and is frequently observed prior to an elevation in body temperature. If the stress or disease condition is prolonged over several days, the result is negative zinc balance. This depletion is further aggravated by reduced food intake. Exercise also increases zinc losses from the body.
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
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